Arbitration won't be needed for the Boston Bruins and Pavel Zacha.
The B's announced Monday they have signed him to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million. Zacha's arbitration hearing was scheduled for Aug. 11. Teams and players typically try to find common ground and avoid arbitration, and that's what happened here.
The Bruins acquired Zacha from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for veteran forward Erik Haula last month. Zacha is a versatile player whose natural position is center, but he can play left wing, too.
The 25-year-old forward tallied a career-high 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 70 games for the Devils last season. He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.